Anthony Baldwin wrote:
I received an invoice for $10.34 via paypal from a purported "Professional Translator" at e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
, supposedly one Victor Vladimirovich Alexandrov.
I've never hired any such translator.
No such translator is listed in my providers.
I have not outsourced a single project all year this year, nor last year, only occasionally outsourcing work.
(I do 99% of all work that comes through my small agency, in general).
Furthermore, my agency only works in ES, FR and PT -> US EN; I take no Any language to/from RU projects, ever,
and have never, ever hired a single provider from Russia.
I can only suppose this is an attempt to elicit small payments from agencies not smart enough to check an invoice?
There is no PO number or further information about the supposed project on which Mr. Victor claims to have worked.
The only information offered at all with the invoice being in a note bearing the following text:
Thank you for ordering my translation, I really appreciate doing business with you. Payment is expected within 21 days of receiving this invoice, so please process this invoice within that time. Please note that there will be a 1.5% interest charge per month on late invoices.
I must assume that others are seeing this.
These kinds of scams are rarely foisted on a single victim.
Not that this could be considered conclusive, but I've searched proz.com and there is no such person (Victor Vladimirovich Alexandrov) listed here.
I've only ever hired providers found on proz.com.
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[Edited at 2015-03-13 12:56 GMT]
[Edited at 2015-03-13 12:57 GMT]
A google search for "Professional Translator email@example.com
aka Victor Vladimirovich Alexandrov" gives no result, except for this forum thread.
[Edited at 2015-03-13 12:59 GMT]